Better to Reign in Hell, Than Serve in Heaven

Jen Ray Exhibiting at Haus am Lützowplatz
Posted by Gestalten—09/2013

Jen Ray's first institutional solo exhibition can now be seen at Haus am Lützowplatz in Berlin. On show are her large-format colored drawings that transport viewers into a surreal universe where Amazonian women rule, militants move across dystopian landscapes, and magic spaces are occupied by rebels and provocateurs. The figures in her artwork, who are surrounded by a vast, white nothingness, clearly reflect a distance to and arrogance towards the larger world. The post-apocalyptic scenes set a haunting mood suggestive of a turbulent landscape on a distant planet.

“You can look at us if you want but you don’t have to look at us. We’re not doing this for you and what you think of us has nothing to do with who we really are.” — Jen Ray  

Jen Ray was trained as an artist from 1991-1995, at Winthorp University, Rock Hill, South Carolina. Afterwards she moved to Atlanta, Georgia and later to New York City. Since 2005, she lives and works in Berlin with growing international recognition.

Available at the exhibition: Ain't We Got Fun, Jen Ray's monograph published by Gestalten.

Ain't We Got Fun

Posted by Gestalten—10/2012
The magical surrealism of Jen Ray.
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Jen Ray

Cars are a girl's best friend
Posted by Gestalten—09/2009

When a large Amazonian woman pulls up in a revved-up vehicle blasting diabolical music, don't run away! It's just the powerful work of visual artist Jen Ray.

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"Food is all about stories."

An interview about restaurant branding with Mexican creative studio Anagrama.
Posted by Gestalten—08/2014

12 Very Special Interior Design Items

A selection of our favorite pieces from designers we have featured or discovered in our recent books.
Posted by Gestalten—08/2014

The Monocle Guide to Good Business (Extended Version)

Our new Monocle book is an ultimate reference for doing a job you love. The book is available now!
Posted by Angie—08/2014

"Of course type is important! One can't prove it, that's all."

A typography layman interviews Erik Spiekermann.
Posted by Gestalten—08/2014

Hallo, ich bin Erik featured in Monopol's September issue.

Our House in the City featured in the annual isssue of Das ideale Heim's Einfamilienhäuser special.

Hello, I am Erik on Cool Hunting.

Little Gestalten featured in the September issue of Monocle. ""Beautifully illustrated and uniquely presented, the line is a gift for godparents looking for one."

Hallo, ich bin Erik reviewed in the Süddeutsche Zeitung's August 28 issue, both in print and digital.

Hide and Seek on Co.DESIGN. "Escape to the glorious middle of nowhere in these sanctuaries, in mountaintops, prairies, forests, and seasides around the world."

Issun Bôshi recommended on The Illustrated Forest.

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